Viral Infections

  • Institutes License Flu-Targeting Antibodies
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute have signed a license agreement with Genentech, a wholly owned member of the Roche group, and Roche, that grants the companies exclusive rights to manufacture, develop and market human ...More
    February 9, 2010 Posted in News
  • Physicist the First to Measure Energy Released From a Virus During Infection
    Within a virus's tiny exterior is a store of energy waiting to be unleashed. When the virus encounters a host cell, this pent-up energy is released, propelling the viral DNA into the cell and turning it into a virus factory. For the first time, Carnegie Mellon University ...More
    February 5, 2010 Posted in News
  • Chemists Discover How Antiviral Drugs Bind to and Block Flu Virus
    Antiviral drugs block influenza A viruses from reproducing and spreading by attaching to a site within a proton channel necessary for the virus to infect healthy cells, according to a research project led by Iowa State University's Mei Hong and published in the Feb. 4, 2010 ...More
    February 3, 2010 Posted in News
  • Researchers Find 'Broad Spectrum' Antiviral
    Viruses are insidious creatures. They differ from each other in many ways, and they can mutate — at times seemingly at will, as with HIV — to resist a host of weapons fired at them. Complicating matters further is that new viruses are constantly emerging. One ...More
    February 2, 2010 Posted in News
  • Researchers Discover How Foodborne Bacteria Induces Infected Immune Cells to Sabotage Their Own Defensive Response
    Researchers at National Jewish Health have discovered how the virulent foodborne bacteria Listeria monocytogenes induces infected immune cells to sabotage their own defensive response. The studies offer insight into host-pathogen interactions and suggest potential ...More
    February 1, 2010 Posted in News
  • Immune Memory Formation Seen in Early Stages of Viral Infection
    In an acute viral infection, most of the white blood cells known as T cells differentiate into cells that fight the virus and die off in the process. But a few of these "effector" T cells survive and become memory T cells, ensuring that the immune system can respond faster ...More
    January 28, 2010 Posted in News
  • Scientists Find Potential New Way to Enhance Vaccines
    Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute have discovered a potential new way to stimulate the immune system to prevent or clear a viral infection. By blocking the action of a key protein in the mouse immune system, they were able to boost immune "memory" in those ...More
    January 27, 2010 Posted in News
  • Video of Virus in Action Shows Viruses Can Spread Faster Than Thought Possible
    New video footage of a virus infecting cells is challenging what researchers have long believed about how viruses spread, suggesting that scientists may be able to create new drugs to tackle some viruses. Previously, viruses were thought to spread by entering a cell, ...More
    January 22, 2010 Posted in News
  • Herpes Simplex Virus Gets Rid of the Cell's Security Guards
    A viral infection is like an uninvited, tenacious houseguest in the cell, using a range of tricks to prevent its eviction. Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have identified one of the key proteins allowing herpes simplex virus (HSV) DNA to fly under ...More
    January 21, 2010 Posted in News
  • Herpes Medication Does Not Reduce Risk of HIV Transmission
    A five-year international multi-center clinical trial has found that acyclovir, a drug widely used as a safe and effective treatment taken twice daily to suppress herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2), which is the most common cause of genital herpes, does not reduce the risk of ...More
    January 20, 2010 Posted in News